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Leading infection control awareness group The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) has created free guidelines to help veterinary professionals combat the growing threat of practice-acquired infections.

Set to be launched at BSAVA Congress, the Bella Moss Infection Control Guidelines have been created by the charity’s top veterinary advisors in response to the wide-ranging approaches to infection control seen in everyday practice. Authors include vet and RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) guru Pam Mosedale, RVN Louise O’Dwyer and Edinburgh-based dermatologist Dr Tim Nuttall.

According to BMF president Jill Moss:

“With no enforceable standards of cleanliness for veterinary practices there is a wide variation in hygiene and infection control.

As practicing veterinary surgeons and nurses, BMF’s clinical advisors have a wealth of experience and have seen many approaches to infection control, some exceptional and others not so good.”

The guidelines will be available via the BMF stand at congress,will also be available free to download from the BMF website.

The document is an easy-to-read checklist for vets, VNs and practice managers to follow while creating custom infection protocols for their practices. Key features include;

• Template cleaning protocols for all areas of practice

• A general overview of the principles of cleaning and disinfection in practice

• Information on conducting biosecurity risk assessments for different practice areas

• Encourage practices to hold regular meetings on hygiene and infection control

The guidelines have been created to help practices tailor their own infection control protocols, and BMF hopes they will act as a spring-board to encourage the whole practice team to think about, monitor and maintain good hygiene.

They have also been created with PSS requirements in mind and will help practices working towards PSS inspections. BMF also knows the guidelines will prove useful when the planned new Infection Control module is added to the revised PSS criteria.

RCVS past-president Jackie Molyneux added:
‘Anything that gives practices practical guidelines to improve their infection control measures is good and will help them fulfil some of the new animal care standards in the Practice Standards Scheme’ 

Miss Moss added:
These infection control guidelines take into consideration all areas of the practice environment, as well as furniture and staff attire. We believe that the guidelines will also serve as a good ‘review’ document for practices who already have cleaning protocols in place, but which may require an update”

Tim Nuttall added:
“Healthcare acquired infections are a real and growing threat to modern veterinary practice. Hygiene and infection control are a vital part of the battle against these infections and the spread of antibiotic resistance.

“High standards of cleanliness, particularly effective hand washing and cleaning, are the most important contribution that we can all make in our daily practice. These guidelines will make it easier for practice staff to implement really effective measures.”

To collect your free guidelines document or for more information about the charity, its mission and its people come and visit BMF throughout BSAVA Congress in Hall 1 of the International Conference Centre on stand 15A.

Or download the Infection control guidelines from our website – DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES (pdf format)

For more comment from BMF president Jill Moss and guidelines contributors Pam Mosedale, Louise O Dwyer and Mike Jessop contact Ms Moss on Mobile 07860 879079 or email Emma Cooper via

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